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Wizkid at Royal Albert Hall, London. Credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage/The Guardian

Wizkid makes history at London's Albert Hall (Video)

The Nigerian singer becomes the first African artist to headline a sold-out show at the venue, with a confident, joyous set featuring appearances from Skepta and Tinie Tempah.

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How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal

He has a staggering seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and will come to the UK to headline festivals this summer.

Wizkid signed with Sony Music last year

Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters.

Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

Yemi Alade

The boom in Africa's music industry continues

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s thriving music industry.

Wizkid: The Nigerian artist is set to sign the biggest record deal ever by an African artist

Wizkid is set to sign the biggest record deal ever by an African artist

Wizkid has pretty much cemented his place as top dog on the scene. The Nigerian star’s adding another notch on his belt with these new reports that he’ll be signing a multi-million dollar deal with a major record label imminently.

Davido: “Most music that comes out these days has our elements already in it, so why wouldn’t the people love African music?” (Tom Oxley/Washington Post)

Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years, it was only in May that Drake finally topped the Billboard charts.

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Lagos calling: Tony Allen opens up Nigeria's music scene

If you want a city that’s a modern musical powerhouse, you don’t need to think of London or Los Angeles or New York.

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Meet Wizkid: Nigeria's Best-Dressed Pop Star

Wizkid is pretty much the biggest thing in Nigerian pop, which itself seems to advance on the global music stage almost as quickly as the country’s economy, one of the fastest growing in the world.

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How Davido Became African Pop Music's Fortunate Son

Once, while on a Greyhound layover in Birmingham, Alabama, David Adedeji Adeleke, the Nigerian pop star now better known as Davido, spotted a familiar face on the CD rack of a bus station rest stop.

Mo Abudu, who abandoned a high-flying career in the corporate world to run a television studio. Photograph: SundayAlamba/AP

The Lagos power list: 21 people in 21 million

Lagos, a megacity home to an estimated 21 million people, is Nigeria’s cultural and political powerhouse.

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Afropolitan Tastes: Are you an Afropolitan? By Nnenna Onyewuchi, Founder, Yellow Brick Road

The term Afropolitan has been bandied around since Taiye Selasi used it in a 2005 article. At the time, she was using it to describe young, upwardly mobile, multilingual, sometimes multi-ethnic Africans in the Diaspora.

Twins Kessie and Eku Edewor

The Nigerians have arrived ... and London is paying attention

Richard Vedelago is 29 years old and worth more millions than he’s prepared to tell. ‘Money talks, but wealth whispers,’ he says with a smile, sitting back in the bar at Claridge’s – his idea – and lazily sipping an elderflower juice.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

The changing face of Lagos: Anna Rosenberg, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Research, Frontier Strategy Group

My recent visit to Lagos has changed my perception of Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Wizkid from Nigeria is one of the biggest artists in the African entertainment business

Nigerian entertainment & media revenues will more than double to $8.5B in 2018

Nigeria entertainment and media revenues will reach an estimated USD 8.5 billion in 2018, more than doubling from the 2013 figure of USD 4.0 billion at a CAGR of 16.1 percent, according to a report issued by PwC.